Pickwick Lake



Clagett Talley
1020 E. Wayne Rd Savannah TN 38372
email: pickwickareaguide@yahoo.com

Enjoy fishing in Pickwick Tennessee or anywhere in the Pickwick area with an experienced area guide. We will take you on a guided fishing trip for Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, White Bass, Stripers (Rockfish), Catfish, Sauger, and other Tennessee River fish. We take individuals and groups.We do half days and whole days. We provide all the tackle for the trip. We also provide drinks but your welcome to bring your own.
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Pickwick Lake Tennessee TN Fishing Report:    21 June 2017

Pickwick Lake Elevation 414

Water Temp. 81

If you get out early, as early as 5am you can catch fish on top water baits and have a lot of fun for about an hour and this is a good time to catch one or two quality bass before you have to start fishing deeper. After the top water bite dies down you can throw a crank bait in the same area you caught fish on top water baits and usually catch a few more. After that throw a the same crank bait, one that dives 8-12′ along bluffs and open water ledges. Big fish are in deep water right now, I have caught fish on deep diving crank baits in 15-25′ of water. In these areas a carolina rig with a green pumpkin Rage Tail and 1oz. Strike King Spinner bait also works well. White and chartreuse are the only two colors for spinnerbaits that I use in these deep water areas. If you like to fish at night, night fishing is starting to pick up. The most common bait to use is a spinnerbait with a single colorado blade. The night time spinnerbait needs to be black and it seems to help to have a red accent. The most common night time spinnerbait used on Pickwick right now is a Strike King Mid-Night Special, it will be in black with red or blue accents, I like to tip it with a red plastic trailer.


White bass

We still have time to catch a lot of white bass right now. They are running strong around the dam and in the Diamond Island area. They are hitting Strike King Series 3 Crankbaits and if they are hanging out in swift water I can usually catch a lot on jerk baits. Small white grubs are also accounting for a lot of white bass.


Stripers are biting throughout the day. If you drift from the dam down to the first overhead power line that crosses the river with a live minnow and 1-3oz sinker you should cover the distance the stripers are running in. While striper fishing keep a top water bait or jerk bait handy because they have been busting the surface throughout the day for short burst but if you are close enough to get a bait to them you are sure to catch one.

Compliments of Clagett Talley at Talley’s Outdoors 731-607-5266 or www.pickwickareaguide.com






14 June 2017

Pickwick Lake Elevation 413.5
Water temp 82


Several different methods are working right now. Top water baits and spinner baits are productive in the morning. Most bass are in 12′-20′ throughout the day and that is the depth I would fish right after the first hour of daylight. Carolina rigging has been working well with plastic Strike King Rage Tail crawfish and lizards. Grubs on football head jigs are working well in the lake and the river with green and white being the main colors. Live bait accounts for several smallmouth in the river but we were able to catch a few in the 3-5 pound range on Strike King Series 3 crank baits and small grubs.


Rockfish are active at different times of the day. You can expect to catch several fish with a few of them weighing over 10 pounds but you can also find yourself fishing during slow feeding periods in hot weather with no results for several hours. Like bass fishing you will find the first hour of daylight exciting with top water baits and jerk baits. As soon as you see the fish are deep try fishing with sassy shad or live bait. I have been catching fish with small bluegill but now that method has slowed down and after they stop biting them it is usually time to start trying to catch skipjack minnows. Use a three ounce sinker to reach the bottom faster when drifting in swift current. Over the last two weeks I have seen several fish over 10 pounds.


Catfish are in deep water channels and are also showing up in shallow water again. Night crawlers are picking up most of the fish we have caught.
Compliments of Clagett Talley www.pickwickareaguide.com 731-607-5266












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